THUMBS UP! To building excitement. The second year of the can sculpture project in Central Park is the latest reminder of the approach of the WSOY Community Food Drive. The world's largest food drive is Friday, Oct. 6, at the Airport Plaza Kroger parking lot. The sculpture work was fun for both participants and observers, and the same can be said about the food drive. It's an important event with excitement, fun and gravitas. 

THUMBS UP! To the Chicago Cubs. The team clinched its second straight National League Central Division championship Wednesday with a victory in St. Louis. Both teams made it a baseball season to remember. Now we'll see whether the post-season is as exciting as last year's Cubs' run to the World Series title.

THUMBS DOWN! To the devisiveness of the debate. Increasingly, we as a society are not talking to one another. We are talking at one another, or past one another. The recent discussion (shouting match) about NFL players and others and their actions during the national anthem is just the latest example. A genuine discussion between sides will at worst help them understand one another a bit better. If only we could start at a whisper instead of opening with the volume at 11.

THUMBS UP! To Jim McRoberts. The Austin, Texas, native has been in Decatur for two years, staying here after seeing how serious the opioid epidemic was becoming in the Midwest. He has started the Brickhouse Foundation, a transitional living facility for men recently released from 30-day treatment programs. However much we wish we didn't need it, we are grateful for the effort and the facility. 

THUMBS UP! To Decatur Rotary International Club 180. The orgnaization saw the completion of almost three years of effort with the dedication of the Clean Water exhibit in the Children's Museum of Illinois. The exhibit educates children on the importance of clean water (including drinking plenty of it) and teaches them clean water is not as readily available everywhere as it is in the United States. The Rotary is also planning on a donation to the museum to fund an annual day of free entry.

THUMBS UP! To Maroa-Forsyth High School junior Reilly Fitzpatrick. The second female to score a point in a Illinois state championship football game, the kicker is a returning Herald & Review Macon County All-Area second teamer. And that's not all. She's also an 'A' student, an all-area soccer player and plays the flute for the band. 

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